THE GILDED AGE is the kind of fundamental informational programming that underscores the rationale for supporting PBS, which can turn a black-and-white look at the 1890s into a colorful rumination on where America stands here and now.

-On The Gilded Age: CNN, Brian Lowry

Engaging, thought-provoking, and relevant … Wonderfully evocative period photos embellish the storytelling … Another outstanding contribution from a venerable franchise, “The Gilded Age” may spur some viewers to confront the fundamental question the show asks about that age, which speaks directly to ours.

-On The Gilded Age: The Catholic Courier, Chris Byrd

As a history lesson “The Gilded Age” is constructed to be as pleasing to view as its information download can be stunning. Photos and sketches of the legendary Vanderbilt mansion and other architectural markers of wealth are impressive by today’s standards. Beyond all this, there is a comfort in the work’s caution, in that this time period stands as proof that we’ve been to this brink, tumbled over its cliff, survived and returned. Perhaps we’ll learn from the mistakes of yesteryear’s titans. But that requires scratching beneath the veneer of gold that seeks to distract us, even now.

-On The Gilded Age: Salon, Melanie McFarland

The Gilded Age, directed by Sarah Colt, is exactly the kind of documentary that keeps PBS eternally relevant and for which we have always relied on it… They say those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it—and perhaps we are doomed to repeat history no matter how much we learn. (It certainly sometimes seems like it; this program will give you a strong and unsettling sense of déjà vu.) It’s important viewing for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of the economic realities we’re living with right now, and how we got here.

-On The Gilded Age: Paste Magazine, Amy Glynn

Watch Sarah Colt’s interview about The Gilded Age for Metrofocus, a multimedia daily news magazine program produced by New York’s PBS stations.

-February 2018

Walt Disney has been nominated for an Emmy in the category of “Outstanding Writing for a Nonfiction Program.”

-July 2016

Walt Disney has been named a finalist by the Peabody Awards’ Board of Jurors for 2015.

-April 2016

#1 Must-see. As much a cultural history of art and commerce as it is a compelling biography of Mickey Mouse’s driven-to-success creator… [This] tremendous profile brings to complicated life the 20th century visionary whose global empire of family entertainment still resonates powerfully.

-On Walt Disney: TV Guide, Matt Roush

A definitive and fascinating study. Colt shows us how he changed the world as a by-product of creating worlds of his own.

-On Walt Disney: San Francisco Chronicle, David Wiegand

Entertaining and enlightening.

-On Walt Disney: Los Angeles Times, Robert Lloyd

Essential viewing.

-On Walt Disney: People Magazine

It’s the access that Colt and her team got that makes those four hours fly by. It’s the test footage from SNOW WHITE, the home movies from the original Disney campus, the step-by-step drama of the opening of Disneyland, that amply reward this outlay of time.

-On Walt Disney: Hollywood Reporter, Daniel Fienberg

Even those who are familiar with Disney will likely come away with renewed appreciation of his contributions, in a film that…captures his inextricable link with Americana.

-On Walt Disney: Variety, Brian Lowry

Among the many merits of producer/director Sarah Colt’s documentary WALT DISNEY is that it’s neither valentine nor demolition.

-On Walt Disney: Boston Globe, Mark Feeney

This elusive yet enchanting film explores a man in light of his enduring gifts to us.

-On Walt Disney: Wall Street Journal, Nancy Smith

Air dates for Walt Disney announced!  Our four-hour, two-part biography of Walt Disney will premiere on PBS on September 14-15, 2015, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET (check local listings). Check out the extended preview on the PBS website.

-July 2015

Sarah Colt Productions, through a partnership with the Filmmakers’ Collaborative, was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to produce Walt Disney, scheduled to air on PBS in 2015.

-September 2014

Tune in on January 28, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. EST for the rebroadcast of The Amish (check local listings). The Amish: Shunned, produced and directed by Callie Wiser through her production company Five O’Clock Films, will have its premiere on February 4, 2013 at 8:00 p.m./7:00 p.m. CST.

-June 2013

The research work of David Belton and Callie T. Wiser on The Amish has resulted in the film’s nomination for a News & Documentary Emmy in the category of Outstanding Research.

-July 2013

Tune in on June 25, 2013 at 8:00 p.m./7:00 p.m. CST for the rebroadcast of Henry Ford (check local listings).

-June 2013

Sarah Colt Productions has been awarded a LEF Production grant for the Co-op City project.

-April 2013

A compelling psychological biography…the most high-profile documentary of Ford the man…

-On Henry Ford: The Detroit News and Free Press, Julie Hinds

Excellent, engrossing, fair-mined and richly illustrated.

-On Henry Ford: Newsday, Verne Gay

Director Sarah Colt gives us a film that’s both inspirational and darkly sad.

-On Henry Ford: Star Tribune, “Critic’s Choice”

A “most entertaining and enlightening presentation.”

-On Henry Ford: Autos and Economics, David Ruggles

An “insightful and all-encompassing documentary.”

-On Henry Ford: Hollywood Today

The Amish has been nominated for an Emmy Award for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking.

-July 2012

Sarah Colt Productions has been awarded a Mass Humanities grant for the Co-op City project.

-June 2012

PBS’s beautiful and gently rendered film “The Amish”…written and directed by David Belton, with gorgeous cinematography by Tim Cragg, is as quiet and unassuming as its subject matter. The effect is alluring and beatific. Belton’s film does an excellent job of unpacking the Amish worldview, as well as our imaginings about the Amish life.

-On The Amish: Washington Post, Hank Stuever

The program looks far more thoughtfully at the Amish world than outsiders usually do.

-On The Amish: The New York Times, Neil Genzlinger

Organized around the seasons, beautifully shot and scored, the documentary raises fascinating questions about religious freedom, the nature of family, the ambiguous definition of “progress” and, for Christians, what it means to truly try to follow the teachings of Christ.

-On The Amish: Los Angeles Times, Mary McNamara

“The Amish” unreels across its two hours with a serenity and grace that reflects its subjects. The film’s viewpoint is doggedly levelheaded and evenhanded, making no judgments.

-On The Amish: Newsday, Diane Werts

Sarah Colt Productions, through a partnership with the Filmmakers’ Collaborative, was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to produce Henry Ford and the American Dream, scheduled to air on PBS in 2013.

-July 2011

God in America wins a Gabriel!
The award, given by the Catholic Academy for Communication Arts Professionals for more than 40 years, honors work in Television and Radio that “explores, informs, or inspires viewers/listeners to an understanding of the growing religious diversity of the American landscape and an appreciation of its impact.”

- On God in America: CACAP Gabriel Awards

God in America gets listed among TV’s top ten ascendant moments in 2010 by critic Frazier Moore of the Associated Press.

-On God in America: Associated Press, Frazier Moore

“This compulsively watchable documentary manages to make our country’s religious history as thrilling as any Dan Brown novel.  Portrayed in vivid reenactments (the Franciscans landing on American soil, the spiritual struggles of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass), riveting archival footage, and fascinating interviews with theologians and religious experts, the complex relationship between democracy and faith is a story line that never gets old.”

-On God in America: Elle Magazine, October 2010

“Among the many virtues of God in America – including the actors’ subtle performances, expert commentary, the crisp but sweeping narration and the stunning array of visuals – is its timeliness.”

-On God in America: Raleigh News & Observer/Charlotte Observer, Tim Funk

“This is…a beautifully photographed, well-researched special”

-On God in America: United Features Syndicate, Kevin McDonough

“Fascinating and compelling history well worth six hours of viewers’ time.”

-On God in America: Bangor Daily News, Judy Harrison

“A meticulous, thoughtful, and provocative production. It is a must-see for anyone who wants to understand the motivations and actions behind America’s relentless quest for religious freedom that began almost 400 years ago.”

-On God in America: Telegraph (U.K.), Rachel Ray

“Fresh and unexpected”

-On God in America: Associated Press, Frazier Moore

“The power of this documentary lies mainly in its rich enactment of historical episodes. “A Nation Reborn” does this magnificently around the figure of Abraham Lincoln and the events of the Civil War.”

-On God in America: America, John A. Coleman

“If you’re going to watch only six hours of serious TV this fall, spend it all on the joint FRONTLINE and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE documentary God in America…Hour three, which examines how this God behaved when the nation was in civil war, is equally revealing but considerably more emotional. It makes the case that Lincoln’s own emerging religious convictions and acceptance of the notion of personal and national salvation was the catalyst for both Emancipation and the total-war campaigns that defeated the South. All our wars since have enjoyed Biblical sanction.” “Brilliantly researched and documented, God in America will make you a believer in the power of religious freedom. It’s like being born again . . . intellectually.”

-On God in America: Boston Phoenix, Clif Garboden

“Stay for the storytelling, most of all for the second installment, which tells of Abraham Lincoln (Chris Sarandon), who like many presidents, was not a conventionally religious man and was skeptical of his parents’ church. But he lived through the most terrible conflict in the nation’s history, more than 600,000 dead, with both sides deeply convinced that God was on their side. Lincoln came to see the war as a divine trial for a nation guilty of the sin of slavery, a conviction that moved him to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, acting against all good advice by his Cabinet.”

-On God in America: Boston Globe, James Franklin

“The project truly takes off in its middle section, examining how President Lincoln agonized over the religious implications of slavery before issuing the Emancipation Proclamation; the struggle among Jewish immigrants over pressure to assimilate; and the rise of Christian fundamentalism in the aftermath of World War I, as embodied by William Jennings Bryan and debate over literal reading of the Bible, as illustrated by the Scopes Monkey Trial. (The Bryan-Clarence Darrow faceoff is recreated with care…)…The takeaway is unmistakable: not only what’s unique about religion’s development in America, but also the magnified role faith occupies in our public square and political discourse.”

-On God in America: Variety, Brian Lowry, Russell Edwards

The Polio Crusade is packed with aha moments…What lingers in the mind as the program ends is not facts about polio, but the faces of those who got it.”

-On The Polio Crusade: Wall Street Journal, Nancy DeWolf Smith

“Gripping” and “heartbreakingly potent…Writer-director Sarah Colt emphasizes the Anytown aspects of the disease, centering her film in sitcom-clean hamlets and suburbs.”

-On The Polio Crusade: Los Angeles Times, Robert Lloyd

“Filmmaker Sarah Colt effectively packs into an hour all aspects of the crusade, including the bitter rivalry between Salk and Albert Sabin, and interviews with Julius Youngner, the only surviving scientist from the core research team that developed the Salk vaccine; and John Troan, the former Pittsburgh Press editor who covered Salk’s announcement on April 12, 1955, that “Polio Is Conquered.””

-On The Polio Crusade: Pittsburg Post-Gazette, Virginia Linn

“This special…gives those of us who can’t remember all the details of our nation’s battle with the virus a chance to see both panic and cure.”

-On The Polio Crusade: Rocky Mountain News, Mark Humbert

“This is the type of documentary that will leave you entranced by the aura and mystery of the main character: Geronimo, even after the credits are rolling.”

-On Geronimo: The Kayenta Today, Malcom Benally

“A fascinating doc, filled with eye-popping shots of the American Southwest and northern Mexico, where Geronimo spent most of his life on the run…What’s especially notable about this series is its depth and texture” which is “full of surprises.”

-On Geronimo: Huffington Post, Bill Mann

“Abundant photographic material, which brings the past alive

-On Geronimo: Los Angeles Times, Robert Lloyd

“A history lesson that goes down easy”

On Geronimo, Time Out New York

TCA (Television Critics Association) Winner of Outstanding Achievement in News & Information – We Shall Remain

On Geronimo: Television Critics Association